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October Picks from Sisters in Crime: Things that Go Bump in the Night

September 30, 2019

With its earlier sunsets, cooler temperatures, and pumpkin spice everything, autumn is the perfect time to curl up with a good mystery―especially a mystery with shades of the supernatural. Whether you’re in the mood for a lighthearted ghost story or a leave-the-lights-on tale of suspense, these books will cast a spell on your book club.…

September Picks from Sisters in Crime: Historical Fiction

September 4, 2019

Ready to travel through time? September’s tales of suspense, intrigue, and mystery from Sisters in Crime will take you to the past – from the smoldering embers of the Great Chicago Fire to Imperial China, from the campus of one of the first women’s colleges to post-war Virginia. Each story is both a journey into…

August Picks from Sisters in Crime – World Traveler

July 30, 2019

No vacation time? Armchair travelers, rejoice! Even if your boss won’t let you take a day off, these books will whisk you away to points across the globe. Political intrigue, traditional mystery, technothriller, domestic suspense – take your choice of these stories and grab a first class ticket to a thrill ride from Sisters in…

July Picks from Sisters in Crime: Crime from Sea to Shining Sea

July 1, 2019

Ah, July, a time of bright sunshine and warmer temperatures, a time when so many hit the road on vacation. But be careful, dear reader – crime never takes a vacation. For those of us who can’t get away, here’s a list of thrillers and mysteries to help escape the everyday grind. Each book takes…

June Picks from Sisters in Crime: Married to Danger

June 3, 2019

June brings warm weather and weddings – lots of weddings. But while love may be in the air, a dark heart may beat beneath the tulle and lace of a lovely wedding gown and happily ever after may be a prize hard won for even the most ardent lovers. Looking for that a perfect book…

Normal People By Sally Rooney

May 15, 2019

Opposites attract. In Carricklea, a small town in the west of Ireland, Connell and Marianne are both good students. That seems to be all they have in common. Connell is athletic and popular. Marianne is prickly, trying to be a Bohemian intellectual. He is from a single-parent household. There’s not much money but there is…

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

May 13, 2019

In the early-to-mid-1970s, American pop music entered a drowsy period of prog/glam/folk/soft-rock and heavy metal, a spell only sporadically broken until the arrival of punk and disco. Into this specific historical moment of musical malaise Taylor Jenkins Reid has sent her winsome and supercharged rock diva Daisy Jones to make the guitar boys drool and…

“Book Club Reboot: 71 Creative Twists” is ALA’s Newest Resource for Book Club Leaders

May 3, 2019

A new resource from ALA’s Public Programs Office is available for those whose book clubs need a little (or big) boost! Book Club Reboot-71 Creative Twists by Stephanie Saba and Sarah Ostman offers many creative and surprising ideas to help inspire book club organizers and leaders. Saba is a community program supervisor at San Mateo County…

May Picks from LibraryReads

May 2, 2019

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the May 2019 LibraryReads list! The Bride Test by Helen Hoang “On the autism spectrum, Khai doesn’t feel anything for anyone. His mother recruits Esme, a young Vietnamese woman, to marry him. A realistic, humorous romance that reveals the slow path to love and a…

May Picks from Sisters in Crime: Short Stories

May 2, 2019

Celebrate Short Story Month with Sisters in Crime Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone to a book club meeting without having finished the book. We’ve all been there – the demands of family and work can steal away precious reading time. Sometimes there isn’t time for more than a chapter or two of even…

HOW TO BOOK CLUB

Find Books for a Book Club

There’s a question I always ask whenever I visit a book club: “What’s the best book you’ve ever discussed?” This is a surefire way to start a lively discussion, one that always begins with the books the group has enjoyed and inevitably transitions to those they haven’t. Eventually, the group will conclude that the best…

Find A Book Club

Joining a book club can seem impossible if you don’t know where to look but you’ll find like-minded book lovers at the following tried-and-tested places. BOOK CLUBS IRL The Library Always the best place for aspiring book clubbers to start. Head to the reference desk and ask the person there about book clubs she’s sure…

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